Never assume

We never spoke of his father, and it felt disrespectful to ask anyone else. I assumed he was dead.

After the ceremony, standing next to my new husband in the receiving line, I knew before I saw him that something was wrong. I got that weird sensation that someone was watching me, then everything went dreadfully quiet.

He was suddenly beside me. Someone screamed.

Before I could react, he pinned me against the wall, his fingers digging into my flesh. His alcohol breath burning my eyes, his voice a vulgar whisper in my ear, “it’s okay darlin’, we’re family now.”

The 100 Word Challenge, a writing prompt created by Velvet Verbosity, takes a single theme to tell a story in only 100 words ~ no more, no less. This week’s theme is ‘Family.’

17 thoughts on “Never assume

  1. *shudder*

    That was David Lynch weird, in a good way. I like it. The word vulgar near the word family was perfect.

    Awesome job, Tar Rah


  2. Yikes. Well, so as not to be just an echo in the room, I’ll say “Hay-ull, Girl, you done set the bar high, I swan.”

    Excellent and very chilling story.


  3. As my hillbilly friend would say – Day-um. (He’s also the only person I know to whom the word “left” is two syllables – lay-uft). You have really thrown down the gauntlet with this one. Tense, exciting piece. I love it.


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